Logistics Publications

Education, Outreach Programs Seen as Front Lines for Attracting Next Generation of Truck Technicians

Posted on June 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

We often hear about the truck driver shortages and about job availability for truck drivers, but we don’t put much thought toward what happens when the truck breaks down and what accuracy and expertise it takes to fix and repair a truck in the first place. We don’t hear much about the Truck Technicians who repair and inspect trucks in order to reduce delays due to faulty engines and other truck related break downs.There is much more education involved toward become a Truck Technician than we might think. Not that long ago it was enough... Read More

IMO Pushing To Reduce Emissions for Vessels Globally

Posted on June 04, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

There is a growing effort in the maritime industry to reduce emissions that are produced by cargo vessels. This will put pressure on the price and supply of diesel fuel globally. In the next few years the maritime industry is positioning itself to switch to diesel from what is known as bunker fuel. This crude fuel has been used for years because it is relatively cheap compared to other more refined fuels. The vessels are effectively burning the leftovers from the crude oil once the gasoline, diesel, etc.… have been refined from it.In 2016 the United Nations’ International... Read More

“Smart” Roads

Posted on May 29, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Kansas City startup company, Integrated Roadways, is currently in the process of developing “smart pavement.” This technology is intended to increase safety on roadways while also serving as a Wi-Fi platform for vehicles and other mobile services. Tim Sylvester, CEO and founder of Integrated Roadways, says that it is a “…system that transforms the road into a sensor, data and connectivity network for next-generation vehicles.” Currently, the system will be used to detect crashes as they happen and notify emergency responders automatically.The pavement would be able to collect real-time data of crashes that involved... Read More

The First Lessons Learned: ELD

Posted on May 22, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     Two months have passed since the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has been strictly enforced, and changes have been noticed not only in the lives of shippers, carriers, and enforcers but in market trends as well. While it is still early in the process; there are valuable things that can be learned and applied in the future, to improve situations as the kinks are worked out of the enforcement system.Shippers:     The trucking capacity decrease has resulted in higher rates, causing many companies to stockpile inventories in response to fears of trying to meet... Read More

Boosting Rail Infrastructure – One State at a Time

Posted on May 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     When you think of U.S. freight transportation what modes come to mind? Trucking? Air? We tend to forget about the not so distant cousin – rail. There is one company that certainly has not forgotten – Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Railroad has been investing millions back into state rail infrastructures in the 23 western states they operate in. Their 2018 goal is to invest over $3 billion back into the company. The investment will focus on safety, efficiency in operations and customer service initiatives.     From 2011 to 2014 the Union Pacific Railroad oversaw an expansion, investing $400 million... Read More

Next Trucking and Mitsui OSK Lines Make Tandem Partnership

Posted on April 14, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Two logistical giants make big moves to save businesses as much as 20% on their shipping costs from China into ports in California. Next Trucking has paired up with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in order to streamline efficiency and cut costs to improve the global marketplace.The two companies will work together to bring a whole new life to the cradle-to-grave concept by providing end-to-end transparency from the port to the final destination. The partnership will provide venders with an opportunity to consolidate their goods in China by utilizing warehouse space. Mitsui OSK will provide an option for clients to... Read More

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation within Supply Chain Management

Posted on April 12, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Supply Chain Management is now embarking on the George Jetson era; within that cartoon, it embodied robots and flying computerized cars. Pioneer companies such as Tesla debuting and developing autonomous trucks that can complete 500 miles in one charge with the ability to carry up to 80,000 lbs of cargo. Although a driver is still required to be behind the wheel of the autonomous trucks technological pioneers, such as Tesla, may minimize the number of drivers required within supply chain management.The future of automation is here especially with more companies willing to invest in technology and automation. McCrea (2018) found, “According... Read More

Drayage Capacity Issues

Posted on April 04, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The term drayage refers to the transport of goods over shorter distances. An example would be a truck shipment picking up at a seaport, border crossing, or inland terminal and delivering to a location within the same area. And even though the drayage covers very little mileage, it is responsible for a disproportionate amount of transport cost and delays.Drayage rates are currently up as much as 30% over last year, and there are many current issues causing U.S. ports to struggle with drayage. Drayage is affected by any current capacity issue being faced by the trucking industry, some examples... Read More

The Loss of Ocean Containers at Sea

Posted on April 02, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Over the years there has been much speculation about how many sea containers are lost at sea each year. The numbers have ranged from 500 to 10,000 but, no one could give an accurate count. In 2011, the World Shipping Council (WSC) began gathering information from shipping companies and have published their results. Just how many containers are lost each year?  You may have seen reports in the news. For example, in 2011 when the vessel MV Rena lost approximately 900 containers when it ran aground and sank off the coast of New Zealand. Or in 2013, when the vessel MOL Comfort sank in... Read More

Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Posted on March 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

President Trump signed two Presidential Proclamations yesterday – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports.  The President is imposing an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico beginning on March 23, 2018.The breakdown is as follows:Steel Dutiesthe 25% additional duty will apply to “steel articles” imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico as of March 23, 2018; “steel articles” are defined by reference to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit subheading, as follows:  “7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions... Read More

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